Year End Social Update

Year End Social Update

Don’t Forget to Sign Up

For the social event of the year being held on Tuesday November 29th at 7pm at the High Park Brewery. HPB website.

Please sign up on the club calendar so that we can manage matters with HPB https://www.velocitycyclingclub.com/

We have you covered, we just won’t tolerate any drinking and driving so plan accordingly.

And a quick update from Bill and the gang at Chain Reaction:

  • they are offering VCC members a discount on bike tune ups after a long season until December 3rd.  Call to book an appointment.

           Pro Tune Up –  reg $119 for $89
           Pro Tune Up with drivetrain cleaning reg – $179 for $139
           Trainer Tune Up and cleaning  – $45

  • all in stock Smart Trainers on sale up to 40% until Nov 28th

And they have a few fat bikes coming in so if you have interest you know who to call

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Year End Social

Year End Social / First Aid Training

                                                     Year End Social Event Date and Time
 

Good news, we have selected a new location and date for our much-anticipated 2022 Members Meeting and social event which will be held on Tuesday November 29th at 7pm at the High Park Brewery. HPB website

For this event all you need to know other than the date and location is the following:

What we are providing:

  • We have a dedicated room for the event so it should be much improved from last year
  • A great selection of food and libations

What you need to do:

  • Get the date in your calendar and spread the word
  • Transportation to and from the event

Please sign up on the club calendar so that we can manage matters with HPB https://www.velocitycyclingclub.com/

Hope to see a great turnout, and of course, absolutely no drinking and driving.

Once again, we are expecting to have a full Castelli fit kit available for trying on as 2023 will be our three-year anniversary with the current kit and we will be unveiling , early in the New Year, our updated design.

                                                          

                                                                    VCC First Aid Training

I wanted to give a big shout out  to the 12 participants who completed the 8-hour on-line session and 8-hour full day of practical first aid training that was concluded today. Thanks also to the Ontario government for their funding to support this important training to strengthen the overall expertise within the club should the need be called upon.

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Tanya’s Ride and Weekend Ride Update

Tanya's Ride and Weekend Ride Update

5th Annual Tanya’s Ride

Thanks to all who participated at Tanya’s Ride last Saturday. The day started off cool and finished in the early afternoon with lovely weather. In all we had 45 register with good representation across all three ride groups. We all enjoyed a meal and some stories afterwards at Albion Hills.

More importantly, we were able to far exceed our previous fund raising total by raising $45,000 this year. A big thanks to the Luder family for their participation and fund raising efforts as this event has now exceeded $130,000 fund raising over its initial 5 years.

Weekend Ride Update

Keep an eye on the calendar as rides are continuing while the weather co-operates. This coming weekend we have the DPH and Get Outta Town rides scheduled.

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Year end rides

Year End Charity Rides

5th Annual Tanya’s Ride – Saturday October 1st from Albion Hills Conservation Area

Tanya’s Ride is quickly approaching, and the planning is all set. Now we need commitments from our club riders and their friends (the ride is open to non-VCC members).

We have 15 commitments at this time and have raised almost $10,000 so far.

What is on offer:

  • A beautiful setting at Albion Hills Conservation Park Albion Hills for some great fall country riding
  • We will be offering at least three rides: two road rides and one gravel ride
  • We have an excellent site with covered picnic area (if required)
  • We will serve a great hot meal with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options
  • Luca’s tiramisu is back by popular demand to finish off your amazing day

This is one of the primary fund-raising events for the Brain Injury Society of Toronto and requires a $100 donation.

                                                 Sign Up or donate here
 

Cycle for St Joe’s – Sunday September 25th from the Mattamy National Cycling Centre

And let’s not forget that our local hospital St Joe’s has its ride this coming Sunday from the Mattamy National Cycling Centre Find it here which includes a fully serviced 25km countryside loop that you can do as many times as you like.

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5th Annual Tanya’s Ride – October 1st

5th Annual Tanya's Ride - details firming up

5th Annual Tanya’s Ride – Saturday October 1st from Albion Hills Conservation Area

Tanya’s Ride has become a core funding raiser for the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) and VCC is a proud supporter. Last year the event raised over $20,000 and we are looking to reach this level again in 2022.

We are already off to a great start, as we previously announced, through the leadership of Rob Givens the former Prez of VCC, a $5,000 donation has been made to BIST on behalf of Arbor Memorial where Rob works.

Whether you can ride (a minimum donation of $100 is required) or not, please support this event by clicking on the link below. We are also designating the ride as a “Try-A-Ride“ event so please feel free to invite a friend or two. They just have to complete the additional link on RaceRoster to fully register.

Food
We are working on another hot meal post ride. More on this as the event gets closer.

Rides
We’ll start with offering three great ride choices, and if warranted, add a shorter gravel option. We should be able to accommodate all rider distances and speeds.

Road (Tempo) – +/- 70 km starting at 10am
Road (Social) – +/- 50 km starting at 11am
Gravel – +/- 80 km starting at 10am

Please note that if the weather co-operates, and the temperatures are warmer than normal, we may move the ride start times back earlier so that we can get you home a little sooner.

Sign up now

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TDA Update #2

Tour D'Abernethy Update #2

We are pivoting on ride choices for TDA 2023 – two shorter rides added
 
With just over a week to go, we are having great success in the fund raising and demand for the gravel ride but struggling on the road ride options. As such, we would like to hear back from the membership on whether a 50-60 km road and or gravel option would be of interest? This affords the rider the benefits of the beautiful scenery with more moderate ride challenges.

The additional benefit of the shorter rides are that people can leave Toronto at a more reasonable time.

We have decided to cancel the 120km road ride and added a shorter road and gravel ride at approx 50km to the calendar, so if you are interested, please sign up or simply email Paul at pmartin@www.velocitycyclingclub.com should you have any questions. Sign up on the home page by scrolling across to Aug 27th  https://www.velocitycyclingclub.com/

Haven’t donated yet? Donate to Jim’s Preferred Charity – Do it Now

Thanks, and hope to hear back on some additional interest in this great and worthwhile event.

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Tour D’Abernethy Update

Tour D’Abernethy Charity Ride Update

Time to sign up / donate to this great cause!!

We are now closing in on the last two weeks before our 3rd annual Tour D’Abernethy in support of childhood cancer. We have three great rides planned, two road distances and an exciting new gravel option.

First and foremost, this is a charity event, and we want to exceed our goal of $10,000 in support of Campfire Circle (formerly Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium), for kids and families affected by childhood cancer.

Donate to Jim’s Preferred Charity – Do it Now

Other important information:

  1. This not restricted to only VCC members. We will work with the OCA to secure Try-A-Ride for the day. So, feel free to invite your cycling friends that aren’t members.
  2. Food ordering will follow in the next update to ensure people get what they prefer, and we deal with allergies
  3. The route for our gravel ride has been confirmed
  4. The start location is at the hill top of Beaver Valley and al rides offer great scenery. Look for the new VCC club tent (thank you to the government of Ontario for their support) and sponsor thanks at the entrance. Start location

The ride options are noted below so sign up so we have a good understanding of the numbers attending. Go to the calendar on the home page and scroll over to August 27th. It’s simple:         https://www.velocitycyclingclub.com/

Ride options

120km Road Route

80km Road Route

80km Gravel Route

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TDA Update

Tour D'Abernethy Update and More

We wanted to update the membership on the 3rd Annual Tour D’Abernethy 2022 with our goal of having the largest turnout yet for this great charity event.

The charity proceeds go to Camp Ooch, which recently merged with Camp Trillium to become Campfire Circle, and was a special focus for Jim Abernethy as they provide support to children with cancer. Campfire Circle

Two significant changes include:

  1. Date moved out one week to August 27th
  2. We are adding a gravel option for 2022

Our ride options are as follows:  
         

      +/- 120 km

Road

7:30am

       +/- 80 km

Road

9:30am

       +/- 70 km

Gravel

9:30am


Catering for the event will be Justin’s Oven which should increase the overall “fun quotient”. We’ll be providing a menu and asking about dietary restrictions closer to the event as well as the link to make a donation to the cause. We will open the ride up to non-VCC members but we will need to get approval from the OCA for each non-VCC rider.

We’ll keep you posted on updates but please sign up on the calendar on the website by scrolling across to August 27th and also get this event in your personal calendar.

Two other matters to update on:

  1. Given the large demand for our Monday ride, we have now added a second ride to the calendar. Clips and Tips will remain at a social pace targeting 40km distance. The second ride is a tempo paced ride between 50-65km. Please sign up accordingly.
  2. St Joseph’s Hospital for the “Cycle 4 St Joe’s” on Sunday, Sept 25th. This is our local Hospital so let’s show our support. If anyone would like to join you can register until Sept 25th at Sign up for Ride 4 St Joe’s.           

 

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Safety Tips

Safety Tips Update

First of all, thanks members, for the high attendance at our club rides this season. With more riders coming out, safety becomes even more important. Safety is key and our board, our sponsors and our membership demand it.

Let’s go through just three for now.
 

Tire maintenance – regularly check your tires. A good practice for frequent riders is to change them every year. Often tires dry out and crack after 2-3 years and become dangerous to ride
 
 
Examine the tread of your bicycle tire for any wear and tear. See if you can spot any nicks or cuts, and that there’s nothing sharp stuck in between the treads that could lead to a puncture. Also, check the sidewalls for any tears or bulges.
  
Check the air pressure. A good rule of thumb is to follow the air pressure range recommended by the manufacturer and adjust according to your personal preference.
 

 
 

Shoe cleats – regularly check shoe cleats and bolts. Replace them if they show signs of wear and tear. If you ride a lot with one pair of cleats (3 or more times a week), replace them annually and check them every 2-3 months.
 
 
Cleat wear depends on how often you ride, how many miles you put in, your riding style, how much you walk in your shoes, and whether your shoes have recessed cleats. It’s generally best to play it safe and not let your cleats get too worn out before you replace them.
 
Riding with worn out cleats can make you unable to clip into—or worse, unable to clip out of—your pedals.
 

 
 

Working front and back lights – this is not an option for club rides, it is mandatory
 
 
Operational front and rear lights are mandatory on all club rides (and should be followed when you ride on your own). Get accustomed to regularly charging or changing batteries.
 
Also, not all lights are equal. Have lights that are sufficiently large and bright enough to attract a driver’s attention. We recommend:
  • Rear light with at least 150 lumens
  • Front light with at least 400 lumen to ensure you can been seen during the day
 Lastly, having a bell on your bike is key when riding in the city.

 
In the event you are not comfortable will making these assessments, take your bike/shoes into Chain Reaction or your local shop to have the professional take a look. At Chain Reaction, members get 5% off their purchase and another 5% off their next purchase.

Please follow these specific points and of course keep your bike well maintained by cleaning, lubricating your chain and checking your bike for any signs of wear and tear.

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SHMR 2022

Steve Hancock Memorial Ride

 

Thanks to all the participants on the Steve Hancock Memorial Ride this morning. We had a beautiful day and consolidated our three rides into one due to the high vacation period. I guess the 15 of us who rode all don’t have cottages 🙂 

Next year we plan to move the ride into late June to hopefully increase the availability of participants. 

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